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Upgrades on AA/BA

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by RTBones, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. RTBones

    RTBones Member

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    Hi all,

    My inlaws, wife and I are booked on a trip in December to LAS from the UK. I am lifetime Gold (currently platinum) with AA. The trip is a celebration of my inlaws 50th wedding anniversary. Anyway, costs (and point balances) being what they are, we have the trip booked in PE. On the way over, we fly LBA-LHR-PHX-LAS. As far as PHX, the trip is a BA codeshare (787). The return is LAS-DFW-LHR-LBA. This is all AA except the LHR-LBA portion.

    EDIT: I should say - flights booked through AA, and we have all AA flight numbers.

    I called AA and asked about upgrades. I was told they are available, but BA says the fare is ineligible as we are booked in P and they require W. The return is also available, a 25K miles and $350 copay each (100k miles and $1400 total).

    Two questions: 1) Is the AA rep correct about the flights over?
    2) Would you do the upgrade on the return? I am considering trying to surprise everyone with at least the return, but wondered what your thoughts would be. I know my inlaws would never fly business otherwise, and 50 years is a long time.
     
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  2. OCTinPHL

    OCTinPHL Active Member

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    Both may be correct. Upgrades may be available, but I do believe BA allows upgrades only from W. But since your ticket is on AA, ask AA to process the upgrades. See what happens.

    I would definitely upgrade on the return. I assume it is a redeye? Even though shorter time-wise, I'd much rather upgrade the DFW-LHR flight than the LHR-PHX flight.
     
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  3. RTBones

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    I did...and was told BA only allows upgrades from W. Which also matches the research I have done. Thought I'd ask here just in case there was something I was forgetting and/or missing.

    Not a redeye. 1555 out of DFW. I am leaning towards upgrading (while its available) - I was just curious as to what others would do.

    Thanks so much.
     
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  4. OCTinPHL

    OCTinPHL Active Member

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    Got it. I misunderstood. Thought you contacted BA and they said they wouldn't upgrade.

    And sorry - I guess I meant overnight flight. Which it is. I would definitely upgrade.
     
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  5. RTBones

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    No problem at all. I probably could have been a little clearer. Trying not to make everyone's eyes bleed with a wall of text. :)

    No worries. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
     
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